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Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2020 shows a cloud of locusts flying in Mwingi North, Kenya. A number of East African countries are suffering serious locust infestation, with Kenya experiencing its worst in 70 years, which, if left unchecked, could grow 500 times in scale by June, a UN spokesman said Friday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said besides Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are undergoing their worst locust infestation in 25 years, and that Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania are also experiencing swarm activity and locust breeding, while the risk of spread to South Sudan is high. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

Kenyan farmers ready for harvest despite locust threat

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In about two months, Geoffrey Ambuche who farms in Kitale, western Kenya, would be harvesting his maize crop. He planted the crop...
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Kenyan farmers take “field days” online amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Between March and May in Kenya, farmers' events are usually at the peak, with various agro-input suppliers, trainers and government institutions organizing exhibitions for...
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Kenyan farmers sustain food supply amid COVID-19 pandemic, flood threats

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Resilient Kenyan farmers have shrugged off floods and locust threats to keep food supply steady in the east African nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Organic practices offer reprieve to Kenyan farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Squeezed by the novel coronavirus disease, which has disrupted both local and international markets, Kenyan farmers are using organic practices to cut costs and...
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Kenyan farmers bulk macadamia nuts amid COVID-19 outbreak

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April is usually an important month for macadamia farmers in Kenya as this is the period when harvesting begins. There is normally...
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Kenyan farmers turn to makeshift greenhouses amid climate variability

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The 10-meter by 15-meter structure on the farm in Murang'a, central Kenya, is made of timber and polythene sheet for the walls and roof. ...
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Kenyan farmers vow to fight desert locust invasion amid threat to livelihood

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Joseph Gichuhi's four-acre farm that is located at the heart of central Kenyan county of Nyeri was a spectacle to behold on Wednesday evening...
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Kenyan farmers in dilemma as planting season nears amid climate change, locust invasion

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About this time a few years ago, George Ambuche, a maize farmer in Kitale of western Kenya, would be busy tilling his land in...
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Locusts eating away hope of Kenyan farmers ravaged by climate change

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When a swarm of desert locusts invaded Mandera in northern Kenya from neighboring Somalia early January, many farmers in the heartlands thought the ravenous...
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Heavy rains worsen Kenyan farmers’ post-harvest challenges

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After cutting his maize crop mid-November, farmer Benson Andabwa, who is based in Kitale, western Kenya, stacked the crop on the farm and left...
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Seed-saving culture keeps Kenyan farmers away from grain-drying technologies

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As the rains pounded Kakamega County in western Kenya on Wednesday afternoon, Freda Gimode struggled to harvest her bean crop. She did...
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Kenyan farmers swapping pure breeds cows for crossbreeds as climate change bites

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Guernseys and Ayrshires, which are some of the top dairy cow breeds across the world, years back occupied the pride of place on many...
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Kenyan farmers mechanize activities on affordable Asian-made machines

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A heap of dry grass chopped into tiny pieces stood on one side of the machine and on the other, a lanky man dressed...
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Bees help Kenyan farmers mitigate climate risks

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Beekeeping in Kenya has turned a lucrative livestock venture as the east African nation grapples with vagaries of climate change, which is characterized by...
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Kenyan farmers mull adoption of new technologies to boost yields

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A two-day farmers' forum kicked off on Thursday in Kenya's northwest region, focusing on the adoption of new technologies to boost yields. ...
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Sorghum cushions Kenyan farmers from erratic rains

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George Oduor, a farmer in Siaya County in western Kenya, harvested 18 bags of sorghum from his one acre land in late April. ...
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Dry spell brings good tidings to savvy Kenyan farmers

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For the last three months, a dry spell has swept across Kenya leading to scarcity of water, food, and livestock pasture. In both urban and...
A group of farmers in Sawla

Kenyan farmers benefit from UN-funded climate resilience program

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Small-scale farmers in Kenya's coastal region who have in the recent past grappled with climatic shocks and fall armyworm invasion have benefited from a...
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Kenyan farmers in coastal region turn to high value crops

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Kenya's coastal region has for decades been associated with endemic food insecurity, but the situation has changed thanks to the adoption of high yielding...
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Kenyan farmers beat dry spell with hydroponics fodder

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Lush green crops jut out of trays in their hundreds on the dairy goat farm in Kasarani, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya's capital....
A Chinese agricultural expert passes on farming technologies to farmers in Burundi, in an aid-Burundi demonstration rice field. (Photo provided by aid-Burundi agricultural expert)

Asian crops gaining popularity in Kenya on disease resilience, rising market

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Kenyan farmers are embracing various Asian crop varieties to curb diseases and earn more as the market for the produce grows. To curb diseases, the...
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Social media networks fill agro-extension gaps for Kenyan farmers

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"Is it recommendable to use boluses to deworm two or three month's calves? What should be the dosage?" John Kosgey, a dairy farmer asked...
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Kenyan farmers squeezed as egg prices hit all-time low

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If it was in her powers, Beatrice Muthui, a farmer in Kahawa, a residential suburb in Kenya's capital Nairobi, would have sold all her...
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Kenyan farmers gear up for biotech crops to boost yields

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Kenyan farmers are gearing up for the commercialization of biotech crops in order to boost yields, officials said on Monday. Daniel Magondu, chairman of the...
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Kenya says its bananas cleared to enter ROK market

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Kenya said on Friday that the Republic of Korea has accepted to buy green bananas and broccoli from Kenyan farmers. "The...
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Kenyan farmers harness technology to contain “witchweed”

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Samuel Owiti in 2005 dusted his hands off chalk dust and replaced his teaching garb with gumboots and hoes as he embarked on a...

Kenyan farmers benefit from China-sponsored agricultural research, technologies

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Kenya has made strides in agricultural transformation thanks to enhanced bilateral ties with China in a sector that contributes over one quarter of the...
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Kenyan farmers find respite from ravages of striga weed thanks to innovation

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Smallholder farmers from Western Kenya are sighing with relief thanks to a novel innovation unveiled by global research bodies to contain the striga weed...
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Kenyan farmers revert to maize cultivation after a lull caused by striga weed infestation

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Striga weed, the purple, beautiful looking flower nicknamed "witch weed" in Western Kenya has for many decades flourished in areas with low soil fertility...
One of the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration project site at Adaboya

Kenyan farmers embrace commercial growing of oil-producing tree

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New cash-generating tea tree that withstands harsh dry conditions is quickly gaining popularity amongst farmers in arid parts of Kenya. Demand for...